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"Best of South Sound 2014"

Every year, South Sound Magazine holds its “Best of the South Sound” contest. From the best hike to the best builder, South Sound readers vote where they like to eat, play, stay and more. In 2014, not one, but three Lakewood businesses placed first in their respective categories!

The City of Lakewood would again like to congratulate the AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center theater, Olympus Spa and Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital. Thank-you for being part of our community and representing the Lakewood spirit of business so wonderfully.

From their official “Best of South Sound” listings:

Movie Theater

AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center 12
5721 Main St. S.W., Lakewood
When the latest blockbusters are released from Hollywood, AMC Loews Lakewood Towne Center 12 is the South Sound’s favorite destination for catching a flick on the big screen. It’s a first-class theater where guests can purchase tickets ahead of time online and reserve their fully reclining seats before they even step foot in the parking lot.


Olympus Spa
8615 S. Tacoma Way, Lakewood
Relaxation and rejuvenation are as simple as walking through the doors at Olympus Spa. Hydrotherapy pools and saunas, along with the spa’s earth energy rooms, provide women with everything they need to relax. Or, indulge in the spa’s many other pamper-centric services. There’s also a location in Lynnwood.


Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital
7210 Bridgeport Way W., Lakewood
South Sound pet owners are serious when it comes to quality care for their furry friends, and Chambers Creek Veterinary Hospital provides experienced service they trust and respect.


For the rest of the “Best of the South Sound” list, visit South Sound Magazine’s website .

Remember to Treecycle this Year!

When you take that mountain of wrapping paper and gift boxes out to the recycle bin, don’t forget the Christmas tree.

What, you didn’t think you could recycle a tree?

That’s right. Lakewood Refuse customers who subscribe to yard waste collection service can place their unflocked tree in their container. Flocked trees cannot be recycled and must be disposed of as garbage.

Pierce County’s transfer stations also accept trees for recycling, free of charge. For locations, visit .

How to ‘Treecycle’

To “Treecycle,” remove the tree stand, tinsel, decorations and any nails or staples. Place the tree in your yard waste container for pick up on your regularly scheduled collection day. The tree must fit into the closed container, so cut the tree into pieces if necessary. If your tree isn’t in the cart, you may be charged for the additional pick up.

“All trees collected are composted into Cascade Compost, a beneficial soil amendment that is popular with home and commercial gardeners,” said Sheryl Rhinehart, Pierce County Public Works and Utilities outreach coordinator. “The compost created enhances soil quality, saves water, and reduces reliance on chemical fertilizers. Treecycling also helps save valuable landfill space.”

For more information about preparing for winter, visit .

Lakewood Man Receives French Honor for WWII Service

A Lakewood combat veteran was recently honored with one of France’s highest distinctions – an honor that has been decades in the making.

Floyd Exeter, 91, fought in World War II and was honored 70 years ago for distinguishing himself in combat. Positioned behind a machine gun during the Battle of the Bulge, he survived a bullet to the helmet and continued to fight valiantly. Exeter was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions that day. The French gave him the Croix de Guerre for a “distinguished act of heroism.”

On Saturday, Dec. 20, the French consul recognized him again, awarding him its highest decoration—the Chevalier Legion of Honor Medal. About 10,000 former American GIs have received it. It is considered the highest decoration bestowed by France, and must be approved by that country’s president. You can see King 5’s video of the ceremony here: .

During the award speech, the representative of the French consulate said Exeter would “be forever France’s hero.”

Exeter did not think of himself as a hero, but he accepted the consul’s praise humbly.

“It’s quite a significant thing, that to this date they still want to go to all the bother, heaping big honors on me,” he said. “And it is an honor. I’m not going to depreciate, in anyway, what they are trying to do for me.”

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, Exeter sat in the Lakewood home he built himself in 1964 with the News Tribune’s Larry Larue to share his story.

He was drafted into the Army in March 1943. Exeter passed the tests to transfer into the Air Corps, and for five months he trained as a pilot. However, he and his entire group were told the need for pilots was not as great as the need for infantry.

Exeter, a private first class, was transferred to the 63rd Infantry Division and shipped off to France in November 1944. He fought in the Rhineland and Ardennes campaigns.

To learn more, check out the News Tribune’s story here:

Video: Lakewood Officers' Charity "Shop with an Officer"

On Dec. 21, 2014, the Lakewood Officers' Charity of the Lakewood Police Department held its annual "Shop with an Officer" event.

The day involved the officers taking children and youth from 21 area families in need this holiday season to the Lakewood Wal-Mart, where they chose gifts - many of them basic-but-much-needed supplies - for their families.

In all, the Lakewood Officers' Charity and the area Wal-Mart raised more than $8,000 for the families in need. This is just one of the many ways throughout the year that the Charity goes beyond its duty to protect and serve.

For more information or to donate, visit the Lakewood Officers' Charity at .

You can also check this YouTube video of the day's festivities.


City Offices Closed For Christmas Holiday

In observance of the Christmas holiday, Lakewood City Hall and the Lakewood Police Station will close at 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and be closed Thursday, Dec. 25. If you have an after-hours, Public Works-related emergency, please contact (253) 267-1628. If you have an after-hours, Police-related matter, contact (253) 798-4722 or 911 if it’s an emergency.